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Dec 2, 2009 09:38 PM

Road trip from Austin to El Paso

We'll be making the long drive next week. I've lived in Austin for awhile, so I'm looking for suggestions of places west of here. We don't have to take I-10 the whole way--in fact, we'd rather not!

What's not to be missed?

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  1. We have a place in Junction and there is nothing there worth getting your hopes up about. We usually eat at the Milky Way if we're in town for anything. I've never found a decent restaurant in Sonora either. Ozona had an okay place called the Hitching Post. It was right off the freeway, on the north side. I think there's only one exit for Ozona so it would be easy to find. It was decent and better than anything in Junction. They had really good onion rings. It's been about 10 years since we had property out that far so it may not even be there anymore. There's a place in Mason that's good, Willow Creek and another good place in Harper but I assume you're looking for something close to I-10.

    1. Good News! The Hitchin' Post in Ozona is still good - VERY GOOD.

      I stopped in earlier today on my way back to Austin from Ft Davis. The ambiance is classic Texas Roadhouse (NOT the franchise operation of the same name) - this is the real deal; restaurant in the front and bar/dancehall in the back.

      I had heard the Onion Rings were really good so I tried to order them as a side with my burger, but for some reason they only serve them as an appetizer. The Onion Rings were fantastic, these are the more thinly sliced, lightly breaded variety (I prefer these to the 4-5 super sized, heavily breaded rings I see most places serving these days). The portion was huge and a prelude to the humongous cheeseburger I was served moments later. The meat was very fresh and the bun was very fresh and lightly toasted. The meat was covered in melted cheese and there was nice serving of lettuce, sliced tomato and onion. Terrific burger!!!

      The French Fries that were served with the burger were really very good - fresh, hot, crunchy. I believe they were very lightly breaded to deliver additional crunchiness.

      Prices were very reasonable for the quality of the food and service - this is NOT a fast food experience, although the service was fast and friendly. If you are looking for a 10 minute meal because you have to get back on the road, then this is not the place for you. All of the food is made to order, so it takes a little longer, but the wait is worth it.

      I did not try the chicken-fried steak, but I did see it served to another patron and it looked fantastic - once again, HUGE portions!!

      PS - There was another promising restaurant on the north side of the highway at exit 362, I think it was called "The Next Door Cafe" and it appeared they were doing a really good business and it looked like a nice alternative from the usual fast food options.

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      1. re: nw_austin_gourmand

        WOW! That's good news. I haven't been there in over 10 years. I think I was the one that mentioned their onion rings. We got them every time we went. For that area of the world, it was our choice every time we went into town. We had hunting property about 40 miles south of there for a couple of years.